Even More Lies from David Ray Griffin

Continuing from my May 26, 2011 article, it is time to continue exposing some more of David Ray Griffin’s lies in his book The 9/11 Commission Report: Omissions and Distortions. As you may recall, I left off with claim # 10 in the aforementioned article.   I will now deal with claims 11 – 15 as pointed out by Andrew Burfield’s article “Distortion of Fact” found here.

            First, we have claim # 11 from page 28 of The 9/11 Commission Report: Omissions and Distortions, which states, “The omission of Larry Silverstein’s statement that he and the fire department commander decided to “pull” Building 7.” (reference )

            This is of course, the usual deliberate misquote of Silverstein by “truthers.”  Burfield provides the following quote from the PBS interview that “truthers” use as their “proof:”  “I remember getting a call from the, er, fire department commander, telling me that they were not sure they were gonna be able to contain the fire, and I said, “We’ve had such terrible loss of life, maybe the smartest thing to do is pull it.” And they made that decision to pull and we watched the building collapse.”  Burfield  further points out that it was the Fire Department of New York (FDNY) that made the decision, NOT Silverstein. Furthermore, in firefighting terms, “pull” refers to getting the firefighters out of the danger zone, as confirmed by FDNY chief Daniel Nigro (source ).  Also, if the “truther” claim were true, that would mean that Silverstein would have admitted to insurance fraud on national television- why would ANYONE admit to committing insurance fraud on national TV?  The dumbest person on the face of the earth aren’t THAT dumb; hell, even “truthers” aren’t THAT dumb.   The following quote by Burfield makes the point quite nicely: “Consider two alternative explanations:
‘pull’= explosively implode, ‘it’ = WTC7
‘pull’ = withdraw, ‘it’ = fire-fighting operations around WTC7
The two alternative statements, therefore, are:
‘We’ve had such terrible loss of life, maybe the smartest thing to do is explosively implode WTC7.’
‘We’ve had such terrible loss of life, maybe the smartest thing to do is withdraw fire-fighting operations around WTC7.’

One of the above quotes is logical and makes sense. The other is utterly absurd.” Logic, something that escapes DRG and “truthers” in general” dictates that the latter explanation is much more logical.

This particular claim is full of more holes than Swiss cheese.

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     Next we have claims 12 and 13 from page 30 of the aforementioned book of David Ray Griffins, which are, “12. The omission of the fact that the steel from the WTC buildings was quickly removed from the crime scene and shipped overseas before it could be analyzed for evidence of explosives(30), “ and “13. The omission of the fact that because Building 7 had been evacuated before it collapsed, the official reason for the rapid removal of the steel – that some people might still be alive in the rubble under the steel – made no sense in this case (30).” (reference ). Burfield states that he put these two claims together because they have the same response.

            First of all, the 9/11 Commission’s job was to deal with the attack, NOT the cleanup (source).   Second, as I pointed out earlier, with respect to claim 12, the WTC rubble was smoldering for 2 weeks, which would make quick removal a bit difficult, to say the least. As for claim 13, that is an assumption- David Ray Griffin and “truthers” in general would do well to remember the old adage about why one should never assume.  Of course, the first 3 letters of assume are an accurate description of what “truthers” keep making of themselves.

            Claim 14 from pages 30-31 of DRG’s book The 9/11 Commission Report: Omissions and Distortions is, “14. The omission of Mayor Giuliani’s statement that he had received word that the World Trade Center was going to collapse (30-31).” (source )   However, as we see here, one of the firefighters said the UPPER  FLOORS COULD collapse.  Notice the word could.  Could implies a POSSIBILITY, NOT a certainty. For example, if I buy a lottery ticket, I COULD have the winning numbers, but more than likely I don’t.  It is merely a possibility and a rather slim one at that, although the odds of winning the lottery are far better than seeing anything even remotely resembling honesty from “truthers.”

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Go about a quarter of the way down the page here and you will see what Giuliani REALLY said.

            Last, but not least, we have claim 15 from pages 31 and 32 the aforementioned David Ray Griffin book, “15. The omission of the fact that President Bush’s brother Marvin and his cousin Wirt Walker III were both principals in the company in charge of security for the WTC (31-32).” (reference ).

            As usual, there are problems with this claim. For one thing, while Marvin Bush is George W. Bush’s brother, there is no evidence whatsoever that Wirt Walker III is related to GWB ( reference ).   Also, as we see here, Marvin Bush’s last term on the Securacom board of directors ended in June of 2000 and nobody could have known in June of 2000 what would happen in November of 2000 with the election or in September of 2001.  In addition, Burfield points out that there were 50,000 people working in WTC 1 and 2 alone and some of those offices were occupied 24/7, which means that there is NO WAY IN HELL they could have wired the buildings for controlled demolition without anyone noticing. Then again, “truthers” probably think the Starship Enterprise beamed the explosives in.






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     There is also one other tiny little problem with this claim as well. Securacom was NOT the main security contractor at the WTC-  they were hired AFTER the 1993 WTC bombing as a response to said bombing and did not even start work at the WTC until 1996. In point of fact, the two main security contractors for the WTC were the Port Authority and Kroll Inc, a private security company (reference ).

    Once again, we see that David Ray Griffin’s claims make about as much sense as a screen door on a submarine.








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Posted July 8, 2011 by Victor Chabala in Mocking Truthers, Real 9/11 Facts

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